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Endangered Species Spotlight: Coho Salmon

Started in 2006 by the United States Congress, Endangered Species Day sets aside the third Friday in May to recognize the importance of endangered species and is an occasion to educate the public on how to protect them. This year, Endangered Species Day falls on May 18th.  In the weeks leading up to Endangered Species Day, we'll be putting a spotlight on a few endangered and threatened species for you to learn more about what makes them unique. And there's still time to enter the Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest! The submission deadline is March 15.

Gordon Li Coho SalmonCoho Salmon by Gordon Li

The Coho salmon in the United States ranges from the central California coast to northern Alaska and weighs from 7 to 12 pounds. 

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The Fish & Wildlife Service You Don't Know: The Edmund Fitzgerald

For the past several years, David Klinger has been putting the “people” back into the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The NCTC writer-editor, a veteran of 34 years with the agency, has been ferreting out some of the untold stories of the wildlife agency in a running feature called, “The Fish and Wildlife Service You Don’t Know,” that appears in Fish and Wildlife News and other publications.  “They’re a cross between in-house chatter and ‘urban legend’ – all true, most largely unremarked and unacknowledged, every one of them fascinating,” says Klinger.

This is the first in a series of short features about little-known aspects of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, previously printed in Fish and Wildlife Service News.

In the underwater search for the subject of the 1976 pop tune of the same name -- the Great Lakes ore boat Edmund Fitzgerald -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service played a minor, though memorable role, 14 years after the mammoth ship plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior.

Edmund Fitzgerald The SS Edmund Fitzgerald in the St. Mary's River in May, 1975. Photo: NOAA

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Wisdom, Dr. Sylvia Earle, And a New Addition to Midway Atoll

In December, we brought you the story of Wisdom.  She's the over 60 year-old Laysan Abatross that returned to Midway Atoll to incubate an egg.

Albatross at MidwayA Laysan Albatross colony on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument number over a million and cover nearly every square foot of open space during breeding and nesting season. Photo:Andy Collins/NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

But Wisdom's return isn't the only cool thing happening at Midway these days.  Dr. Sylvia Earle, former chief scientist of NOAA, recently visted and met Wisdom, and also got to meet a very special newly-hatched chick.

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Rabbit Rescue at San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

When you were a child, did you read Watership Down, a tale of a herd of rabbits who leave their home before it is destroyed to find a new land? In the book, most of the dangers that Fiver, Hazel and the other rabbits must overcome are caused by people. 

Similar to the book, last March, endangered riparian brush rabbits at San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in Calfornia faced a serious threat to their homes. In this real-life story of survival, however, the people in the story played protagonists, not the villains of the book.

When post-winter flooding along the San Joaquin and Stanislaus rivers began to threaten the rabbits, the Endangered Species Recovery Program and San Joaquin River Refuge staff mobilized to bring 125 rabbits to safety.

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OMG, Wild Turkeys!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. Here are some photos of Wild Turkeys doing their thing from around the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System.  We hope this gives you some much needed holiday cheer.

Oh, and don't forget to leave some room for pumpkin pie!

Wild Turkey at Walkill National Wildlife Refuge

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Last updated: June 21, 2012